A mining accident, the trap making industry of Wednesfield and the tragically short life of a local First World War "boy solider" are just some of the fascinating subjects being discussed at Wolverhampton's annual Local History Symposium next weekend.

The symposium, now in its 10th year, gives speakers a platform to share their research into the city's remarkable past.

Seven historians will present their findings at this year's event, taking place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday 13 February from 10am to 4pm, with a £400 bursary, sponsored by the Express & Star and Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society, available to one speaker to continue their research.

The talks include a look at the causes and effects of an accident at New Cross Mine in 1860, a reassessment of the of the trap making industry in Wednesfield and the short and troubled life of Thomas Clarke, who was one of the estimated 250,000 under age soldiers killed during the First World War.

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for City Economy, said: "Every year the symposium celebrates original research into previously unearthed aspects of Wolverhampton's history and heritage.

"It is a highlight on the local history calendar and demonstrates how passionate people are about the history of their city. It also showcases the incredible wealth of information about the area held by our Archives and Local Studies service."

Tickets for the 10th Annual Local History Symposium are available now priced £5 and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment by calling 01902 552055.

Wolverhampton City Archives, which hosts the event, collects, preserves and makes accessible historical records relating to the city of Wolverhampton as well as securing significant modern records for future generations. It has a wide range of resources available to people interested in local history.

Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and Wednesdays from 10am to 7pm. Entry is free and research can be undertaken on behalf of anyone who is not able to visit in person for a small charge.

For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=6114;Title=Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage;Target=_blank; or call 01902 552480. Details of a range of historic documents and objects cared for by museums and archives across the Black Country, including Wolverhampton, can be found at the Black Country History Type=links;Linkid=5901;Title=website;Target=_blank;.  

  • released: Friday 5 February, 2016